Today's definition of the term "luck": Spilling the entire content of your XL-sized coffee mug over your writing desk without one single drop of liquid hitting your keyboard
(it's the fourth, btw.; keyboards fear me, I'm their doom *g*)
But back to the bundle of disconnected notes that I came here for...
's entry about Re-Unification Day, incorrigible teenage idealism and the importance of hopeful Utopias
not only re-awakened my love for the groundbreaking qualities of Star Trek: Classic
, it also caused me to wonder about the representation of humanist values in current Sci-Fi/Genre TV.
The most obvious finding: We clearly live in a "Post X-Files" age now. Where Roddenberry's Federation of Planets postulated the benefits of scientific advance, peaceful exploration and tolerance, the Federation officers of Joss Whedon's Firefly
have turned human future into a paranoiac's nightmare. And while faith in political bodies or larger collectives as such appears to have been irreversably shattered, the remaining fragments have been rearrangend to form something else. Something that in the end might easily prove to be the more powerful optimist vision: humanism displayed not under ideal circumstances but in the face of terror and, also, the firm belief in the individual's capability to change.
So, here is my reply to anybody accusing shows like Farscape
, Babylon 5
or the later seasons of Buffy
of too much bleakness: don't look at the amount of despair and gloom. Look into the hearts of the characters. And you will find hope for mankind. More than enough.
I finally saw the season premiere of Angel
. After last years' fantasy-heavy and apocalypse-loaden story arcs, the episode itself felt rather refreshing and ironically also much closer to the earlier, more reality-based plolines of seasons 1 and 2 than anything that has happened to Angel and crew after Pylea. Go A-Team. Go!
Some TV shows are like your favourite sweater. Though worn-out, baggy and bleached, you will unconditionally love them till the very end. I missed you, ER
. Great to have you back!